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Fear of public speaking is rumored to affect roughly 75% of the population! But education and practice empower us to overcome even our greatest fears. In this course we will explore how the study of “public speaking” in its many forms can help us grow in our communication, confidence, self-expression, personal connections, and life/career goals.
All levels, backgrounds, languages and needs are absolutely welcome and encouraged! We will study and practice skills which may be helpful in conversational settings, online and in-person presentations, job interviews, job settings, academic situations, and even at social events. This will be a dynamic and organic exploration of how we can present ourselves more authentically, comfortably and effectively. As public speaking can be terrifying, this will be an environment of total non-judgment, encouragement, empowerment, learning, support, and fun.
All assignments must be successfully completed in order to receive your course completion certificate. Course completion certificates will be uploaded to Google Classroom in a shared folder after class has concluded, and you will be able to download your certificate. If you have a deadline and need your certificate earlier, please indicate it during the registration process (there is a question that asked about early certificate.) You may receive your certificate as early as ONE week after class has started, as long as you complete all assignments successfully and it is confirmed by your instructor.
Attendance during the scheduled zoom sessions IS MANDATORY and we will be taking attendance! If you do not attend these, you will NOT receive a course completion certificate. Meetings are not recorded and there are no make-up sessions. It is not possible to sign up for a new class if you miss the zoom meetings – your will have to pay for a new class! Other than the zoom sessions, the class is self-paced and you will be free to work on your assignments whenever you can. You will have 4 weeks to complete all assignments and course requirements.
This class will consist of readings and assignments posted on Google Classroom and TWO scheduled zoom sessions (zoom is a video conference app.) You will only have two zoom meetings the first weekend of class, and then work independently on your assignments for the remaining 4 weeks. Please make sure you register for the course with a valid email address, since this is where you will receive an invitation notification to join Google Classroom. Both zoom and Google Classroom are free platforms and easy to use. You will be invited to join Google Classroom a week before class starts. Make sure you check your spam/junk folder, as invitations to join Google Classroom sometimes end up there. Your email must be Google compatible, so it’s best if you use gmail, hotmail or yahoo. If you don’t receive a notification before class starts, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to contact us.
$250 | **ONLINE** | 36 hours (equivalent to 3 credits)
Department of Continuing Education
161 Newkirk Street, Room E504
Jersey City, NJ 07306